We’ve been attending a lot of events recently in the pursuit of inspiring future aviators. Aviation is constantly changing and growing, but there are some elements that will likely never change. If you’re new to aviation, or just looking to get into the industry, here are five pieces of advice to give you a head start:
Make and carry business cards!
It’s never too early in your career to have business cards. They make a great first impression, help to establish authority, and are a great way to make connections and develop your network.
Connections offer a great advantage when searching for a job, looking for a mentor, or when you’re just seeking advice. Ensure your LinkedIn profile is updated, and regularly attend events such as conferences and career fairs. Aviation is a small world and often overlaps! Make connections now and your future self will thank you for it.
Look for opportunities to volunteer at events or engagements in the industry. Taking the time out of your day to offer advice and inspiration for those who may look up to you not only feels good but also looks great on a resume.
Don’t dismiss opportunities.
Your dream job may be at a large airline, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start somewhere else! Maybe it’s not the aircraft you wish you were on at this point in your career, but you never know who you might meet or what opportunities may come from saying yes to new experiences. Regional airlines like Air Georgian offer the opportunity to learn many different roles and positions – giving you the chance to gain exposure in different areas of the business very quickly. Having this diverse and hands-on experience is a great way to learn more about the industry, gain practical knowledge, and discover new skills.
Consider administrative positions.
You may have a dream job or destination in mind, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take on a different role at the start of your career! Aviation offers many opportunities beyond being a pilot, flight attendant, or mechanic (though those are all great jobs) – and you are maybe missing out on a great learning opportunity if you dismiss them because you don’t think they are aligned with your future. Administrative, training, or other non-flying jobs are a great place to start and shape your career and, who knows, you may discover that you love the role! Regardless, each position you take on will provide you with the opportunity to learn, grow and expand your skill set and resume—all assets for your future career.
Aviation is full of exciting and diverse opportunities, and we’re so proud to be a part of this industry. Looking to take your career to new heights? Check out our careers portal to see what positions we’re currently hiring for.